Steuben County Flooding Forces Jasper-Troupsburg Schools to Re-locate

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Canisteo-Greenwood Schools Provide Critical Assistance

Devastating flood waters have brought havoc to Steuben County, currently under a state of emergency. Some of the worst damage, near the border with Allegany County, is the Jasper-Troupsburg school campus on Route 417. School officials made statements about the implications for the school year which starts in two days. MyTwinTiers.com provides on the scene reporting.

J-T Superintendent made this statement to the district about the decision to move students into a neighboring district while buildings are repaired and cleaned:

As I stated in my message to you this morning, today was a day of decision making.

After meeting at the Greenwood School with Superintendent Tom Crook, JT School Board Members, Jack Wheeler, and our administrative team; we have decided that relocating our high school to the Greenwood site is the best option for giving our students, faculty, and staff a year that is as close to normal as possible. With assistance from the county and approval from the state education department, both Canisteo-Greenwood and Jasper-Troupsburg feel that it is possible to have the site ready for use on September 8th. I honestly do not know where to begin with thanking the Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District. The generosity that they have shown to us, in addition to their genuine concern really shows that they are a class act. We are hoping to hold a day where the CG and JT communities can assist with cleaning and putting the final touches on the move into the building, so please be on the lookout for more information.

Today we also worked with Homeland Security and Emergency Services as well as a company that deals with the type of clean-up that our Jasper building will need before we can begin rebuilding the inside of our school. Over the weekend the high school will begin to be staged for a cleaning and sanitizing process that will take an estimated four weeks.

Please continue to help others in our community and neighboring communities as they recover from flooding and loss. There are many families in great need right now, and with the District focused on the high school building we have not been able to reach out to them in a way that we typically would.

Thank you again for your patience and support. I’ll continue to keep you updated as we have information.

LeeAnne Jordan, Superintendent of Schools

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